Target: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and the Parliamentary Republic
Goal: Stop the shocking execution of stray dogs by punishing the people involved and devise an alternative way to save the dogs
Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe. The country has been taking part in an event called “Spring Cleaning.” During this event, stray dogs are being caught and hung from trees and are left there to die. Children playing in the village were the ones who encountered the gruesome site. One little girl told her mother that she was playing with one of the puppies in the village just a couple of days before the “cleaning” took place. The children reported seeing the dogs hanging upside down from the tree branches with ropes tied around their legs. Although there is an animal cruelty law in Serbia, this horrific act has not stopped.
The main issue is that stray dogs are everywhere in Serbia, a place where people are dealing with hunger and poverty; therefore, they have little compassion for these dogs. There are approximately 15,000 stray dogs in the city of Belgrade, which is an extreme number for a town with a population of 1.3 million people. Officers who have been busy dealing with other issues in Serbia have now been forced to devise crucial measures to fix this problem.
The lack of any government strategy to neuter or control strays is just exacerbating the problem. Killing the dogs by hanging them upside down by ropes in a tree is crazy and unusual. Please sign this petition so that people who commit these types of animal abuse can be condemned, and these unjust acts can be stopped.
Dear President Tomislav Nikolić and the Parliamentary Republic,
A heinous crime has taken place in your country. Serbian children saw stray dogs hanging from the trees while playing outside in their neighborhoods. Some children even remember playing with the dogs just days before seeing their animal friend hung on a tree to die. I understand that Serbia has its hardships but that does not mean you can commit cruel animal crimes such as this one. Instead of having a “spring cleaning,” there are better ways to solve the problem.
A more ethical route the country could have taken is to neuter and spayed the dogs and find animal welfare groups from other parts of the world to find homes and shelters for them. Serbia needs to reach out to animal rescue groups and shelters and find programs to spay and neuter the animals.
The offenders need to be condemned and there needs to be proper protection of animals implemented by the government. Please don’t condone this animal cruelty and save the innocent dogs.
[Your Name Here]
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